Less than half a mile away from Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre is a hidden gem which is the Brampton Museum. Steeped in history and the former family home of Thomas and Jane Mellard this unique building is full of not just educational artefacts, but fascinating exhibitions.
After either driving up to the museum via a long driveway, or wandering through the pretty gardens you first of all are privy to an exhibition space which invites mainly local artists to display their work. After passing through the quaint reception arts, crafts, jewellery and pottery – all again made by artists local to the area – are on display and can be brought by visitors.
The World War II room awaits where clothing, weapons and medals are displayed and a 1940s setting of a family home offers an interesting insight with some original objects.
An educational fossils room leads through to a hallway where an original cellar you are told, is often used for school visits to demonstrate not just a war time bunker, but also to explain the workings of the founder of modern nursing – Florence Nightingale.
A large meeting room is towards the opposite end of the hallway and a Victorian Parlour sits opposite.
Returning back towards the main reception a staircase leads you up to the first floor and attentions are immediately drawn to the large paintings which emblazon the walls – magnificent!
A games room offers reminders of toys of old and new before you are taken back in time and find yourself walking through a Victorian Street where a replica of Mellards General Store awaits. A Doctors Surgery includes some bone tingling instruments in its display and a Pawnbrokers is full of little delights.
Brampton Museum is educational, it’s intriguing and there are little gems to be found in every single room. A simple delight set in beautiful surroundings which even includes an aviary.
This is a place to visit for all the family – young or old.
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